Restraining order for father

A RESTRAINING order has been imposed on a Clowne father-of-two convicted of harassing his estranged wife’s partner.

Liam Parker left work at Clowne’s Tesco store on 4th November last year and found a car parked very close to his vehicle. He managed to open the door and saw Trevor Goddard walking towards him.

Chesterfield magistrates heard that Mr Parker drove away and then it became obvious that Goddard, 39, was following him.

“He made a phone call and arranged to go to a friend’s house in Shireoaks. When he stopped, the defendant pulled up behind and said: ‘I need a word with you’.”

“There was a discussion in which he was threatened and he thought he was going to be hit,” said Angela Hadfield, prosecuting.

Six days later, Goddard tailed Mr Parker’s car to Sainsbury’s in Worksop before Mr Parker managed to lose him.

Goddard, a lorry driver, of Jago Avenue, Clowne, denied harassment but was convicted after a trial. He had no previous convictions.

He was given an 8pm-6am curfew for four weeks and a six-month probation supervision order, with £450 trial costs. A one-year restraining order was also imposed, prohibiting him from contacting Mr Parker.

Probation officer Katie Shannon said Goddard accepted following Mr Parker to find out where he lived, but denied threatening him.

She said Goddard believed his children sometimes stayed at Mr Parker’s address when they should have been with him, and he wanted to confront Mr Parker about that.

Kevin Tomlinson, for Goddard, said: “His estranged wife lives either at her address or the home of the complainant, but he has no intention of finding out where the complainant lives. He feels that she has done all she can to cause problems for him regarding his contact with the children.”